The long-awaited “House Of The Dragon”, a follow-up story of the ” The Game Of Thrones”(GoT) series that dominated the film world from 2011 to 2019 was released last Sunday, August 21, 2022, on HBO.
Adapted from George R. R Martin’s writings “Fire and Blood”, House of The Dragon tells the story of how House Targaryen began, about 200 years before GoT.
Its first episode, “The Heirs Of The Dragon” opens up with a flying dragon that lures fantasy lovers to the sequel and a girl with white hair (very much like Daenerys Targaryen in GoT) on it.
King Viserys Targaryen(Paddy Considine) is ruling for the 9th year but has not yet had a male child to succeed him. His firstborn is the girl with white hair, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen but being a girl, she can not be declared an heir to the iron throne.
His wife is heavy with a baby boy but he loses both during a bloody childbirth session and remains heirless. He has to choose between his power-hungry brother Prince Daemon Targaryen(Matt Smith) and his daughter Rhaenyra, but the House’s customs do not allow a girl to be heir to the throne.
Considering Daemon’s behaviour, King Viserys chooses Princess Rhaenyra as his heir, breaking the custom, and sends his brother away from the Palace.
Well, this episode is full of treachery, bloody killings, a king’s council with selfish interests, and a fight for power. It also breaks the old customs of the Targaryen House where only males must take up the throne.
Only one man so far seems to be fighting for justice, and that’s Sir Otto Hightower(Rhys Ifans) the King’s hand. Lord Coryls Valaryon(Steve Toussaint), the Sea Snake, is very unpredictable, none knows his interests best but as other episodes come forth, white linen will be identified from the black one.
The Hightowers want to give their daughter’s hand to King Viserys after the loss of his wife. Princess Rhaenys Targaryen(Eve Best) could also claim the throne since the customs are broken and if Prince Daemon organizes himself and comes back with his powerful dragon, it will be fire upon Westeros.
We are expecting romantic moves from Sir Criston Cole(Fabian Frankel), a viewer’s favourite fighter who challenges the merciless Prince Daemon, towards Princess Rhaenyra.
King Viserys is having a cancerous wound and could die in the next episodes, will Princess Rhaenyra control the realm?
Where are the white walkers, and the wildlings? Is winter coming? How did the Targaryens fall?
The next episode will be released on August 28, 2022, on HBO